A new approach to treating children awaiting heart transplant

After Kyah was diagnosed with heart failure, doctors said it could take up to a year or longer before she was ready for a heart transplant. But through research and specialized permission from the FDA, Boston Children’s doctors implanted a portable, motorized pump in her heart, allowing her to return to school and live a normal life while she awaits transplant.

UPDATE: Since the filming of this video a donor heart became available for Kyah, and after a successful transplant surgery and recovery period, she’s doing well and has been discharged from Boston Children’s.

Learn more about Boston Children’s Heart Transplant Program.